Stylobate: The Connection Part of the Tall Building with the City

Alper Dilek
Design Director
Ronesans Holding, Istanbul

The origin of stylobates dates back to ancient Greece, where it was defined as the stepped platform upon which the superstructure of a building was erected. Nowadays, the role and importance of the stylobate has changed. Defining the optimal relationship between the tall building and the public realm is still one of the most difficult problems in high-rise building design, which has persisted since the late 19th century. In contemporary architecture, the organization of a stylobate, such that it provides social service facilities, provides one of the best possible integrations between skyscrapers and the environment, as a way of maintaining the continuity of the urban fabric alongside the iconic towers dominating the skylines of today’s cities.

This presentation analyzes three projects with stylobates (podia) around the world. The Piazza Multifunctional Complex (Istanbul, Turkey) consists of a 30-story residential tower, 20-story office tower and a podium with large open areas, where retail, restaurants and a public piazza are located. Neva Towers (Moscow, Russia), consists of two towers of 345 and 300 meters, respectively, and a stylobate, which offers a public square and ice-rink on ground floor, and a large green area on the roof. Talan Towers (Astana, Kazakhstan), a mixed-use development with 135,000 square meters of GBA, consists of a 25-story hotel tower, 30-story office tower, and a connecting podium, which includes a luxury fashion gallery.